Feast of the Epiphany January 6th 2019


Sincere Thanks to all who supported the Christmas Priest’s Collection & indeed all the Church collections throughout the year. Thanks to all who have helped in the life of the parish over the year, the Ministers of the Word & Eucharist, The Altar Societies, Altar Servers, Sacristan Michael McCabe, Pastoral Council, Choirs and all who have an a support to me and the work of the church over the year. Go raibh a mile maith agat.


** Please note change in Mass Times for January. For the next 6 months, January to June, the Saturday Night Vigil Mass is in St. John the Baptist Church, Woodford at 7pm and the Sunday Morning Mass is in St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun at 11am.

A course for new & existing Eucharistic Ministers takes place in St. Cuan’s College, Castleblakeney on 4 consecutive Monday evenings 8-9.30pm beginning Jan. 14th. Course open to practicing Catholics who are willing to join their own Church’s rota and/or willing to bring Holy Communion to people who are housebound/living in Nursing Homes. If interested please contact Fr. Kieran 090-9749100

Pope John Paul II Awards: If there are any Transition, 5th or 6th Year students interested in the John Paul II Award Scheme, please contact your local priest or Ms Marie Burke 083 879 1745.


Tommy Larkin Lotto Results: 9-13-14-26. Match 3 Cancer Care West Jackpot 2,900 euro Draw in The Hill, Kylebrack this Sat.Jan. 5th


Fit4Life 2019 a free training programme with sessions for all ages and all abilities returns to Woodford Pitch on January 5th 2019 at 10 a.m. and will continue each Saturday for 6 weeks. For further information contact Martin Rourke at 086 3866786 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In conjunction with this initiative the Club will partake in this year's "Ireland Lights Up" in partnership with RTE's Operation Transformation and supported by Healthy Ireland and Get Ireland Walking. Organised walks under lights will take place at the Clubhouse Walking Track on Thursday evenings commencing 17th January and will run until 21st February. Further details to follow.


First Friday Calls to the sick and housebound this Friday January 10th beginning in Looscaun at 10am and Woodford at 3pm. If you would like a call or know someone who would appreciate a call, please contact Fr. Kieran on 090-9749100.


The Engine Room, Portumna are running a 12 Hour Indoor Cycle in Aid of The Mark Pollock Trust (a pioneer to finding a cure for paralysis) on Sun. Jan. 6th 2019. Starts at 7am till 6pm Looking for people cycle up to 1 hour on spinning bikes. 20 euro per person. Donations are welcome also. To book your bike, Contact Sarah 087-2117262


Pilates 6 week Course starts Thur. Jan. 10th at 7.30pm in Woodford. 60 euro. Spaces limited. Please contact Gayle on 087-2185283 if interested.


Chiropody: Mobile Podiatry and Chiropody service - house calls and nursing home visits available. Call Aine at 087-2979172 to arrange an appointment.


Parish Envelopes: The Parish Envelope Boxes (Church Offering)for 2019 are available in the church The Woodford boxes are available in St. John the Baptist Church near Our Lady’s Altar and the Looscaun Boxes are in St. Brendan’s Church near Our Lady’s Altar also. Please note your 2019 number may be different to your 2018 number. You may use the spare envelope in the box in the meantime.

If you have no Box allocated to you, you may take an unmarked box and write your name on the first envelope you use. Thank you for your financial support of the parish.


Looscaun Ladies Club are meeting for Nolaig na Mban at The Wren Bar, Woodford on 6th January 2019 at 8pm. Light refreshments. All new members welcome.

Anam Cara Galway is holding a Parent Evening on Wed. Jan. 2nd at 7.20pm in the Clayton Hotel, Galway. This event is free 7 open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death or whether their death was recent or not. For more info. see anamcara.ie or call 085-288 8888.

The Annual Mummers Festival takes place in New Inn Leisure Centre on Saturday night 12th January at 7 pm. A great night of traditional entertainment is guaranteed in a comfortable venue.

PAG & Shorelines Arts Festival would like to wish all our friends, sponsors, performers, volunteers and audiences a very Happy Christmas! And on the 12th night as is customary, the annual Arts Dinner will once again take place in The Ferry Inn Restaurant on January 6th at 6.30 pm. An ideal way to celebrate the last day of Christmas. 2 Courses €20 / 3 Courses €24 (vegetarian option). Booking is essential: drop your €20/€24 (in an envelope with your name on it please) to Noelle in Hayes & Hayes Pharmacy or Jackie in the Beehive by 31st December. Any questions -- M: 085-1925466.

A&C Social Dancing classes are starting Monday 21st January in Laurencetown Hall @8.30Pm. Learn how to Jive, Waltz, Quickstep and some Line Dancing. Pay as you go €10 per night per person. Its a enjoyable social night out & a great way of making new friends while learning a few new moves. Contact Ciara Or Anne-Marie for more details 087 6663325 /087 7827596.

Woodford/ Looscaun Christmas Lights Fundraiser this Saturday 5th January in Walsh’s Bar . Live music and draw with great prizes. Tickets €2 on sale in local shops , committee members & on the night. Please support .

Chiropody Clinic will be attending Hayes pharmacy, Portumna on Monday 14th & Tues 29th January for general and diabetic footcare.Contact Emma on 0861901247 for an appointment.

Portumna and District Lions Club wishes to thank everybody for your generosity towards our recent Church gate Collection. The amount collected was: Woodford €221.66, Looscaun €127.00.


West Offaly Training Working with Autism, Understanding Dementia, Mindfulness, Train the Trainer, Hairdressing, Make-Up, Spring Gardening, Abrasive Wheel, Manual Handling, HR training, After School Coding are just a sample of what will be on offer. We also continue to offer Computer classes from very basic to Advanced level. For further information or to secure a place call Carmel on 057 9152003 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Masses this Week, Tue. 7.30pm Sat. 7pm **

**Saturday January 5th 7pm Mass for the People of the Parish.

Saturday January 12th 7pm Mass for the People of the Parish.

Eucharistic Ministers: Ann McMahon Geraldine Lyons

Altar Society: Team 4 Patricia Eames Celia Cox.

Reader for Church Maureen Conway

Altar Servers: (A) Mark Kelly Gavin O’Dowd


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Masses this Week, Mon. 9.30am Wed. 9.30am Thu. 8am Fri. 9.30am Sat. 10am Sun. 11am**

**Sunday January 6th 11am John & Elizabeth Conroy, Kylenamelly, Rossmore.

Sunday January 13th 11am Michael Donnellan, Clonmoylan (Anniv.)

Eucharistic Ministers: Anne Page Mary Coughlan.

Altar Society Mary Goonan Maura Stewart..

Reader for Church Oliver Broder

Altar Servers: (A) Peter Flaherty Evan Flaherty Ciaran Kemple Mark Conroy Louis Donlon..



Fr. Kieran would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Peaceful New Year.


Sun. Jan 6th SR 8.45am Set 4.33pm New Moon on Sun. . Jan. 6th at 1.28am

Sun. Jan 13th SR 8.41am Set 4.43pm First quarter on Mon. Jan. 14th at 6.45am



Fr. Kieran O’Rourke, Telephone: 090 9749100, Mobile: 087 2997956, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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